Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:21
Yes I agree the soil does look too wet. They will also grow leggy if the light is one directional or there's not enough of it.
I tend to put a thin layer of gravel on top of mine. It helps keep them moist.
Damping off occurs when they're planted to close together. They need air to be able to circulate around them.
I also blow on them or waft a thin piece of card across the top. This helps strengthen the stems. GQT's Rosie Yeomans is currently doing some work on this theory at the moment